CSO Gives IG 48-Hour Ultimatum To Arrest, Prosecute Tinubu For Alleged False Academic Qualifications

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A rights group, Center for Reform and Public Advocacy, has given the Inspector-General of Police a 48-hour ultimatum to arrest and initiate criminal prosecution against the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu for allegedly supplying false academic qualifications to secure the nomination.

The organisation, stated this on Saturday at a press conference in Abuja addressed by its Legal Adviser, Agu Kalu, threatening that should the IGP fail to act, court action would be instituted against him for an order of mandamus to compel him to effect the arrest of Tinubu at the end of the ultimatum.

According to Kalu, Tinubu, a former Governor of Lagos State, was not legally qualified to become the next President of Nigeria in 2023 on grounds of supplying false information on oath in his form EC 9 submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

He alleged that in 1999, Tinubu claimed to have attended Saint Paul Aroloya Children Home School, Ibadan between 1958 and 1964 and Government College, Ibadan between 1965 and 1969, only to turn around in 2022 that he never attended any primary or secondary school in his EC9 form.

He said: “We wrote a petition to the IG on June 16, demanding the prosecution of Tinubu for providing false information on oath in his INEC form CF 001 which he submitted in 1999.

“Since the IG is yet to act on the petition, we are using this press conference to call on the IG to do the needful, he is not above the law, nobody is above the law, Sections 191 and 192 makes it a criminal offence to provide false information on oath.

“We are also calling on President Buhari to direct the IG to arrest and prosecute Tinubu for perjury, it is a very serious issue.”

Kalu added that in the event Buhari and IG failed to do the needful, the group in conjunction with other civil groups will approach a court of law for judicial review and order of mandamus to order the IG to do the needful.

Kalu, who presented a Certified True Copy ad-hoc report of the Lagos State House of Assembly, which investigated the former governor in 1999, said that Tinubu clearly admitted discrepancies in his academic qualifications, adding that the investigation of Tinubu’s academic qualification in 1999 was the aftermath of a petition written by a foremost legal luminary and social crusader, late Chief Gani Fawehinmi (SAN).

 

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